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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

This year marks the 150th anniversary of not only the battles of the Civil War, but one of the most important episodes in Minnesota's history. (12/05/2012)
The city is considering spending more than $1 million to fix its troubled crime lab. But questions remain about what the lab's future will look like. (12/05/2012)
Proceeds from expanded gambling are not filling up the state's account to help pay for a new Vikings stadium as quickly as had been hoped, finance experts say. (12/05/2012)
Several environmental and conservation groups are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over air pollution in Voyageurs National Park and Isle Royale.
Minneapolis-based U.S. Bank has reached an agreement that will allow its customers to set up bill payments by taking a picture of paper bills with their mobile phone.
Minneapolis police say a boy playing with a gun apparently shot and killed a 2-year-old boy.
Writer Calvin Trillin always finds the humor in politics and the 2012 presidential campaign provided it in spades. Trillin finished his new collection of poems the day after Barack Obama's re-election.
Writers don't have to rely on traditional publishing houses to get their work to the public anymore. As costs drop and digital opportunities grow, many writers avoid traditional steps.
The photos of Richard Ross are bleak: incarcerated children in cells, behind locked doors without windows. It's a stark view inside places that many of us are unfamiliar with. Is this the best way to address juvenile offenses?
Experts expect that Friday's jobs report will be low, and much of the blame may lie with Hurricane Sandy. How much did the storm affect jobs in the country, and what lingering effects will it have on the economy?
A new restaurant with a rooftop patio opens in downtown Minneapolis just in time for below freezing temperatures. Who does that?
The Minnesota Supreme Court says state Democrats had the authority to put another candidate's name on the ballot after Rep. Kerry Gauthier decided he would not seek re-election for his Duluth-area legislative seat.
Bill McKibben and John Hofmeister at the Commonwealth Club: an environmentalist and a former oil company president discuss the extent and impact of carbon pollution and the science and politics of global warming.
State officials estimate several thousand people attended a funeral service for slain Cold Spring police officer Tom Decker. The 31-year-old officer was fatally shot Thursday when he was called to check on a man's welfare. No charges have been filed in his death.
State officials estimate several thousand people are attending a funeral service for slain Cold Spring police officer Tom Decker.
Advocates for children revealed their top legislative priority at an annual children and youth issues briefing Tuesday.
Today in the MPR News Update, Officer Tom Decker is buried, Janee Harteau is sworn in as the new top Minneapolis cop, the state faces a $1.1 billion deficit, both Twin Cities orchestras are in the red, too, and St. Paul pulls back the curtain on a massive Union Depot rehab project.
As Minnesota lawmakers wrestle to close a budget deficit of $1.1 billion, North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple wants to increase state spending by 18 percent over the next two years.
Jazz composer and pianist Dave Brubeck, whose pioneering style in pieces such as "Take Five" caught listeners' ears with exotic, challenging rhythms, has died. He was 91.
The new analysis of state revenue and spending obligations shows the same pending shortfall that was projected last March. Minnesota Management and Budget will release the full revenue forecast at 11:45 a.m., but it seems to indicate that the state's economy is continuing to improve slightly.
A police officer on an emergency call broadsided a vehicle at a Minnetonka intersection and killed one person.
A longtime business partner says the pilot killed in an Illinois plane crash was the president of Bemidji Aviation Services in Minnesota.
The tentative agreement comes several days after the union voted to authorize a strike at the Cloquet plant. Nearly 400 members of United Steelworkers Local 1163 are eligible to vote on the proposed contract Friday.
A woman living at the residence called police Sunday and told them her husband had assaulted her. Police Capt. Vince Sciame says the husband was upset the calf was not being properly fed.
A judge has issued an arrest warrant for a former Minnesota Power executive who has repeatedly missed court appearances on charges of stealing from the utility company.
A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed by Minnesota and four other states to prevent the spread of Asian carp into the Great Lakes.
House Republicans' "fiscal cliff" counteroffer to President Barack Obama hints at billions of dollars in military cuts on top of the nearly $500 billion that the White House and Congress backed last year, and even the fiercest defense hawks acknowledge that the Pentagon faces another financial hit.
State finance officials are set to release a new economic forecast Wednesday that will help set the stage for the coming budget discussions at the Capitol.
The two plans both draw upon ideas from 2011 talks between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, including a secret plan by top Obama aide Rob Nabors that was made public by author and Washington Post writer Bob Woodward.
Native American tribal leaders are concerned that steady progress on their issues might be undermined if President Barack Obama and Congress make deep spending cuts to avoid the "fiscal cliff."
With Minnesota Orchestra musicians locked out for two months and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra players locked out for six weeks, both organizations are announcing budget deficits at their annual meetings this week.
Forty-one years after the last train pulled out of St. Paul's Union Station, the rail hub is ready for trains to return. The landmark station reopens Saturday after a $243 million facelift. The depot will host a new bus hub with intercity bus service returning in 2013, Amtrak trains later in the year, and light rail service in 2014. St. Paul hopes the depot can spark a transportation renaissance for the city.
Forty-one years after the last train pulled out of St. Paul's Union Station, the rail hub is ready for their return. The landmark station reopens Saturday after a $243 million facelift and will host a new bus hub. St. Paul hopes the depot can spark a transportation renaissance for the city.
Officials expect up to 3,000 attendees, including numerous fellow officers, at funeral services Wednesday for the Cold Spring police officer who was shot and killed last week.
House Speaker John Boehner's decision to take plum committee assignments away from four conservative Republican lawmakers after they bucked party leaders on key votes isn't going over well with advocacy groups that viewed them as role models.
If you thought NASA's latest Mars landing was a nail-biter, get ready for a sequel.
Minnesota's latest economic forecast shows the state will face a $1.1 billion deficit in the upcoming two-year budget cycle, state finance officials announced Wednesday.

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